2002 was hot and dry, drought conditions severely reducing the harvest. The surviving grapes were ripe and concentrated and became an intense and powerful wine. The 2002 blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
Every vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild carries a unique label, created by a celebrated artist from its time. The 2002 label was illustrated by the Russian conceptualist artist, Ilya Kabakov. Kabakov is perhaps most famous for his 'installation art', intriguing and provocative pieces on large and small scales, which like most of his work, possess observations on the Soviet Union. For the label, Ilya chose to draw a long tunnel with walls like feathered wings. It was titled OKHO, meaning window in Russian, with the glass of the bottle being the pane between our world and the heavenly.
In 1853, shortly before the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, the Pauillac estate known as Chateau Brane Mouton was bought by Nathaniel de Rothschild. The estate at this time had fallen into disrepair, but its quality was recognised by the wine judges at the 1855 International Exhibition who gave Mouton Second Growth status. Subsequently, large swathes of vineyard were replanted and a new Chateau was built, rejuvenating the estate.
The next chapter begins in 1922 with the arrival of Baron Philippe Rothschild, great grandson of Nathaniel, who at twenty years old was a passionate winemaker and sought to innovate the practices at the estate. It was common practice in Bordeaux to sell wines in bulk barrels to wine merchants and traders, leaving them the responsibility of bottling, maturing and distribution. Bottling at the estate allowed the Baron to personally see to the handling of every drop of his precious wine. Additionally, creating a 'second wine' called Mouton-Cadet, left only the very best grapes for the Grand Vin, and quality soared!
By the mid-1900s, Chateau Mouton Rothschild was considered to be one of the world's greatest wines, yet did not hold the coveted Bordeaux Premier Cru status. In 1973 when, after hard work in the vineyard, the winery, and a tiny bit of handshaking, Baron Philippe would have Chateau Mouton Rothschild elevated to Premier Cru Classe. This is the only instance of a Bordeaux wine estate changing its classification.
Deep crimson. Firm, strongly cassis nose. Very voluptuous texture. Appetising and beautifully balanced. Obviously Médoc. Dried out a little on the end but the contrast between the flesh of this wine and skinniness of the Margaux tasted immediately beforehand could not have been more marked. It was still fresh and clean 24 hours afterwards but had lost a little density.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.